RIDE WITH MAGNUS – CAREER TIPS
Everyone dreams of having a highly successful career that they enjoy and that provides them with the successful life they desire. Far too many of us, though, end up settling short when it comes to career success, working jobs we don’t enjoy for less money than we’d like to have.
The key is knowing what you have a passion for and pursuing it. It is also in developing habits and skills that make you more effective at work and home and having a positive outlook, regardless of what stage you are in your journey toward success at work.
1. Choose Your Job Wisely
The first and by far the most important step to achieving career success is choosing your occupation. Choosing an occupation that will bring you success, though, comes down to how you define success. Of course, the most important priority is that you choose a career that you enjoy. It is easy to be happy in a career when you are doing something you are passionate about. Not only does an enjoyable career make your entire existence more enjoyable, but it also makes you more likely to succeed since people always tend to do better at the things which they enjoy. Simply put, finding success at work means doing what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.
2. Understand Your Job Expectations
When you know what your employer is looking for, you will have a clear picture of how to be successful at work. It is most helpful when your employer set expectations and conducts regular performance reviews, but you can also be proactive in understanding what is expected of you at work. Begin with the job description of your current job. Most companies post this online or in your employee records. The culture at your job might focus on friendliness, diversity, collaboration, productivity, accountability, motivation, clear communication, or challenging its employees, for example. When you understand the culture at your place of business, you know what it takes to work as a team with your colleagues to be successful individually and collectively.
3. Be A Team Player
Organizations are most successful when colleagues work as a team. By combining your skills and strengths with those of your co-workers, you will find more success individually and collectively. Respect others on your team and champion their strengths and successes. Realize that you will achieve more by working in tandem with your workmates than competing with them. Solve problems together and refrain from blaming or shifting your share of the workload onto others. Understand your role and fulfill your duties and responsibilities. Prioritize your tasks so the most important things get done first. Often, good time management skills include completing those tasks that someone is waiting for you to do before they can complete the next step of a project or process. Have a positive attitude, especially when you and your colleagues are faced with challenges. Positive thinking in the workplace will lower the stress level, increase productivity, and help everyone succeed. Be a problem solver and work together to find the solutions that will increase performance at the office.
4. Take Ownership of Everything You Do
If you want to succeed in your career, you must take ownership of both your triumphs and your failures. Celebrate your triumphs, analyze them, and learn how you can emulate them and build on them in the future. You need to take ownership of your failures as well, accepting responsibility for them without letting them drag you down and learning everything that you can from the mistakes you make. Many times, failure is a much more effective teacher than success, and most if not all the world’s most successful people would not be where they are today if they did not accept their mistakes and learn from them.
5. Develop Leadership Skills
Adopting good leadership skills will help you be successful at work. Key characteristics of good leadership include integrity, courage, humility, cooperation, honesty, and good communication. Improve your ability to focus. This means focusing on the goals of the organization, employers, department, or team as well as your own goals. Take the initiative to come up with new ideas that will benefit the company or find solutions that will make teams more productive.
6. Keep A Positive Attitude
When you have a positive attitude, positive results will come. Pessimism, on the other hand, is the enemy of success. Pessimism can turn manageable challenges into ones that are insurmountable, while optimism is able to make every challenge one that you are able to overcome. Start trying to catch yourself when you are thinking negative thoughts or displaying a pessimistic attitude toward some aspect of your career and replace them instead with a positive and optimistic outlook. Others around you will emulate your positive thinking as well, making the workplace a much more enjoyable and profitable environment for everyone. In other words, always look on the bright side and have a positive attitude and the future of your career will be brighter as well.
7. Maintain Work-Life Balance
While it is important to put forth your best effort in your job to have success in the workplace, overworking leads to stress and burnout, which are counterproductive to your desire for success. It is not always about how much work you do but the quality of work you produce. If you find your job is dominating your personal life, it is time to adopt a new system and way of thinking. Start by developing interests outside of work. Start a fitness routine, seek out social events, or look for new opportunities to learn more about the things you are interested in that are not associated with your job. Take time for recreation. It is just as important to play as it is to work and rest. Recreation allows your mind to unplug and your body to refresh. In turn, you will be able to be more productive and happier in the workplace. Keep your personal life separate from your work life. At the end of the day, leave your work at the office — which includes refraining from thinking about and talking about the workplace when you are at home.
8. Set Goals for Yourself
One of the most beneficial things a person can do for their career is to set goals for themselves. A set of well-thought-out goals can serve as a roadmap to success, providing you with objectives to meet along the way as you work towards wherever you want to be in your career. Besides ensuring that you do what it takes to meet the goals that you set for yourself, the most important part of setting goals is making sure the goals you set are beneficial. If you can set both short-term and long-term goals that meet these criteria, it will certainly help you reach the end goal you have for your career – whatever that end goal may be.
Seek Out and Learn from Feedback
When feedback is anything less than positive, it can often be a tough pill to swallow. However, asking for and truly listening to feedback is one of the quickest ways to hone your skills and progress in your career. No matter where you are in your career, there are always going to be people who have a unique perspective to offer or who may know more about a particular topic than you. Ask for constructive criticism from your boss, company executives, and colleagues. Listening to their feedback and career advice regarding your work, honestly evaluating whether what they are saying is true and useful, and putting what you learn into practice is sure to help you grow in your chosen career. Be your own boss too and evaluate yourself. The skills you need to accomplish this are setting clear and realistic goals, establishing timelines to reach them, and evaluating your progress. Adjust your goals when needed and seek out ways to improve your skills so you can be successful.